Early inspiration, dream remixes and releasing with one of his favourite lables; a quick chat with Wittyboy [Interview]

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Following on from his releases on Chip Butty Records and Crucast, Wittyboy’s most recent release see’s him pair up with a label close to his heart; DJ Zinc’s imprint, Bingo Bass. The London based artistss latest 2 track EP is a perfect representation of his hybrid production style. We spoke to him about his history in production, the state of the bass scene right now and the EP itself.

As someone who made their name during the first wave of Bassline, what was your initial introduction to dance music?

I was heavily inspired by early speed garage and 2 step garage when growing up. This was the first type of music other than Hip Hop that got my attention. I used to buy the Sun City tape packs from my local off license; can you imagine an off-license selling tape packs now?! Crazy when I think about it.

What was it that made you want to start producing?

I think it was a natural progression from being a DJ and wanting exclusive dubplates to drop that nobody else had. That’s what made you stand out as a DJ and still does in my opinion.



If you weren’t making Bassline or Garage, what kind of music would you produce?

Probably Hip Hop or Grime.

What are the biggest changes in your own music since you started out?

My technical knowledge and quality in structure and sound. I understand music much better now than I did back then and technology has advanced too which helps.

You’re originally from Leeds but now live in London – what are the biggest differences in the bass music scene that you’ve noticed since moving?

There’s a much bigger scene across the country now whereas before it was literally just up north. There were a few people trying to push it down South back then but not many.



You’ve been on remix duties for a list of massive names; if you could do a remix for anyone in the world right now who would it be and why?

I would love to remix for Jorja Smith or Dua Lipa. They are both amazing vocalists.

Your latest release dropped on DJ Zinc’s label, Bingo Bass. Tell us a little bit about your connection to the label and how the release came about?

I started sending Zinc music and he asked if I would be interested in releasing on Bingo – I obviously said yes and here we are! I have a personal connection to the label historically as some of the back catalog heavily influenced my sound and career.

What was your process for writing the release?

The same as any music I suppose. I just go with what feels and sounds right at the time. This release shows both sides of my style I think. ‘Burning’ is more melodic whereas ‘Working With’ is more bass driven.



How healthy do you think the current UK Bass scene is?

I think the scene has lots of diversity in terms of the music and the fans, which is always a great thing. I think if people continue to create original music that is true to themselves then the scene will continue to thrive.

Finally, what’s next for Wittyboy?

Continue to make original music and work with as many talented artists as I can. Hopefully drop an album too at some point!

You can hear Wittyboy – ‘Working With/Burning’ below, and buy the release here.

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PVC – Trash EP [Southpoint] [Review]

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PVC returns to Southpoint applying his eclectic collection of influences on 3 massive new originals also featuring the vocal talents of Duke and a slick remix from Bushbaby, making it a full on Southpoint family affair.

Trash (ft Duke)

PVC kicks the EP off with intertwining melodies and a gentle contrast between the natural ringing of the tuned mallet sound, a shimmering, falling lead and stretched out atmospherics over a stuttering Funky-esque drums. This rich combination brings out an emotional quality in Duke’s sharp vocal with the pressure steadily building before dropping. PVC is known for twisted, powerful basslines and thats exactly what he’s come through with here; a blend of harsh, higher pitched notes screech over a lower, consistent chug that drives the track on making space only for snippets of Duke’s vocal and galloping drum fills. With the second drop treated to some subtle variations in the bassline, ‘Trash’ is set to be an intense and unrelenting assault on the dance floors everywhere.

Rum In The Cup

One of the reason’s we were drawn to PVC’s music years ago was the fact he loves a melody and he’s back at it again on in the intro to ‘Rum In The Cup’, layering fluttering arpeggios and euphoric stabs under a vocal that is 100% going to have people chanting along; with a brilliant shuffle to the drums and a devastatingly brazen bassline this is destined to be a crowd pleaser. We can’t help but love the little acid-inspired background synth as well as the subtle plucked instrumentation – how PVC found space in the mix for them to shine through we’ll never know but full credit to him for that.

Insane

‘Insane’ starts out as a soulful slice of house, with chunky drums acting as support for a brilliant bit of vocal sampling and a euphoric piano riff. Things get hectic pretty quickly as the track drops into a stripped back 4×4 stomper lead by a catchy distorted bass riff which tangles with a higher pitched version of itself on the second drop. You’ll struggle not to nod your head along to this one, the drums putting us in mind of the Jackin’ House glory days of 2014/2015 but with added funk and a bit more aggression. It’s an absolute banger and we can’t help but love it .

Trash (ft Duke) [Bushbaby Remix]

Bushbaby’s take on the title track starts off bringing the layer of emotion from the original track to the forefront as Duke lets loose over airy pads, dark strings and long leads anchored down by the most satisfying drums – the snare rolls are a thing of beauty and so is the fill before the first drop. Initially keeping things to a regimented 4×4 pattern with the metallic bassline sounding off, Bushbaby manages to filter in the UK Funky vibe from the original intro by eventually adding offbeat, shuffling snares. With the second drop equally effective as the first, the contrast between the calm, melancholic breakdown is breathtakingly good. If you ever needed a reference track on how to smash a remix, this is it.

Selecta’s Favourite Track: Insane.

Overall: 9/10

Summary

Before we even heard this EP we knew it was going to be, at worst, decent; Southpoint’s quality control has never dipped from the day they started and PVC is one of the most accomplished, interesting and technical producers in the scene. The man from Croydon has come out all guns blazing though, and delivered a selection of hefty cuts that portray a heap of his influences if you listen carefully enough. Every track is rave-ready, and there’s a lot of fun to be had, particularly on ‘Insane’. Duke is on top form on the title track, his vocal contributing to building hype but also nuanced with feeling; a subtle element on the original but dragged into the spotlight by the atmospheric, emotionally charged remix from Bushbaby. Top work from everyone involved. 

You can by PVC – ‘Trash’ EP here.

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